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Lake Tahoe and Reno August/September 2005

An August 2005 trip to Stateline by butterfly53

Hairpin Curves ahead! Photo, Lake Tahoe, Nevada More Photos
Quote: Our 2005 summer trip to Reno, Nevada, and Lake Tahoe on the Nevada/California border (or how we tried to enjoy scenery with so many casinos surrounding us)

Lake Tahoe and Reno August/September 2005

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Daggett Summit Photo, Stateline, Nevada
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We visited Lake Tahoe and Reno in August 2005. This is a very beautiful part of the United States. We spent 2 nights in downtown Reno at the El Dorado. This hotel/casino is connected to the Silver Legacy and Circus Circus by walkways, so you never have to leave the indoors. Since I am used to the beautiful Connecticut casinos, these casinos pale in comparison, though the El Dorado does have a fabulous breakfast buffet. On the third day, we drove from Reno to Stateline, Nevada, to stay for the week at the timeshare we had reserved, The Ridge Tahoe. If you have never driven to Tahoe (and particularly if you are not used to mountainous driving), this can be somewhat scary at first. Once you leave t...Read More

RIDGE RESORTS

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Hotel | "The Ridge Tahoe"

RIDGE RESORTS Photo, Stateline, Nevada
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Best Things Nearby:Lake Tahoe, Reno, Heavenly Valley ski area, Zephyr Cove Beach and MS Dixie steamboat rides, and South Lake Tahoe casinosBest Things About the Resort:The viewResort Experience:First of all, nothing can prepare you for the ride up to this resort. The first hint is that it says in the description that it is on the Kingsbury Grade! You drive to the top of the Kingsbury Grade at Dagget Summit, and you are at 7,300 feet and the resort is still higher at 7,800 feet. If you are the faint-of-heart type about driving on mountains, beware, BUT once you are there, the view of the Carson Valley is to die for. However, be aware, YOU CANNOT see Lake Ta...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

RIDGE RESORTS
400 RIDGE CLUB DRIVE
Stateline, Nevada 89449
775-588-3553

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Of course, this is a typical Hard Rock Cafe. The food is the same wherever we have been which means it is very good! The waitress we had was a bit frazzled even though the restaurant had very few tables occupied. The day we were there was the day after Hurricane Katrina. The Hard Rock in Gulfport, MS, had just been totally destroyed. The manager of this Hard Rock was very devastated because he knew the employees in Gulfport and had, in fact, trained many of them. So, our most memorable time here is that we spent most of it listening to the manager's story. It was good to know that they were accepting donations at that moment to help the Hard Rock family. The other thing I liked about the Hard R...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2005

Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe at Harvey's Resort Hotel/Casino
18 Highway 50
Stateline, Nevada 89449
(775) 588-6200

Timberhouse Restaurant

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Restaurant

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This is where the locals go. Lakeside advertises their Prime Rib as award winning. Indeed, they have won the Best of Tahoe awards for several years running! So, of course, we ordered prime rib. This meal was our last night in Tahoe and we were mad at ourselves because this meal was so good that we would have liked to go there again. Oh well, there's always next time! Anyway, if you sign up for their comp card for the first time and you have a coupon from a local coupon book, you will receive a coupon for $2.00 off the prime rib. Now this is really a steal. The regular price is $8.95 which is already a steal! You get a whole bread basket when you order with really good bread. You a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 19, 2005

Timberhouse Restaurant
Lakeside Inn and Casino
Stateline, Nevada

The Fresh Ketch

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Restaurant | "The Fresh Ketch Restaurant"

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The Fresh Ketch restaurant is right on the water in the Tahoe Keys Marina. You can choose the fine dining upstairs with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains or casual dining downstairs. There is also outside lawn dining if you want to see the sunsets. We chose upstairs and what we mostly had a view of was the boats. Being from a seacoast state, I have seen better marina views, but not with the mountains as backdrop. We ordered drinks. Jim ordered a Tom Collins but they had no idea what that was! It certainly did not taste like one. The waiter, Sean, was friendly but seemed to be very busy. The people at the table next to us were arguing, so that was s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2005

The Fresh Ketch
2435 Venice Drive
Stateline, Nevada
530/541-5683

Mott Canyon Tavern & Grill

Restaurant | "Mott Canyon Tavern & Grill"

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This is supposedly where the locals go. Monday Night Football was playing on the screens and people were playing KENO. As a matter of fact, another patron won 6 for 6 while we were there and bought everyone drinks.

The food is usual pub-type food. There are burgers, steaks, salads, and ribs. Jim had ribs and I had a salad, and they were both substantial and tasted great. The best part about this place is the service. Our waitress, Candace, sat down and chatted about the area, and we totally enjoyed her company.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2005

Mott Canyon Tavern & Grill
259 Kingsbury Grade
Stateline, Nevada 89449
775/588-8989

Dory's Oar Restaurant and Tudor Pub

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Restaurant | "The Tudor Pub & Dory's Oar Restaurant"

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We found this restaurant in the Entertainment Book and had to track it down on the map. It is off the beaten path and doesn't actually look like a restaurant from the outside. This is actually two restaurants in one. The upstairs is the pub and the downstairs is the restaurant. We ate downstairs. We ate inside, but you can also sit out on the lawn. The waitress was very friendly, but somehow she kept confusing us with another customer, which we got to laughing about. Jim ordered pan-roast halibut Newburg with lobster and mushroom cream for $20, which he said was very tasty. The waitress told us that it was her favorite dish. I had crab and jack cheese-stuffed baked sole fillet for $19, whic...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2005

Dory's Oar Restaurant and Tudor Pub
1041 Fremont Ave
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
(530) 541-6603

Fox & Hound

Restaurant | "Fox and Hound Bar and Grill"

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On our journey up to our timeshare, we were a bit early for check-in. We decided to look for a place to get a bite and found this little gem. It is at the top of Heavenly Valley, and we were told that this is THE après-ski place to be on the Nevada side. They serve pizza and burgers. The first day we stopped we had drinks and an appetizer sampler. It was huge and came with mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, fried zucchini, and onion rings. It was very good. When we received the bill, there was a coupon attached for 10% off pizzas or breakfast, so we returned one day for breakfast. We had omelettes, which turned out to be good but greasy. I probably could have done without the bacon...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2005

Fox & Hound
237 Tramway Dr.
Stateline, Nevada
775/588-8887

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This is the original Lake Tahoe brewpub. They brew ales and seasonal beers, plus they make the best pizza in town according to their ads. House specials include homemade soups, "Old Bay" style beer-steamed shrimp, hot wings, and more.

They were cooking barbecue style and Jim had ribs and corn on the cob right off their barbecue. They cook outside right along the road, and it is definitely an enticement.

I had a calzone-bread sandwich. I have eaten calzones, but never calzone bread. It was sooooo good.

Now, as for the ales, I don't drink much beer or ale, but Jim is a connoisseur and he was not impressed. I, however, thought the iced tea was really good.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2005

The Brewery at Lake Tahoe
3542 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Lake Tahoe, California 95705
530/544-2739

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We found this restaurant in the Entertainment Book. Now, let me state that in Connecticut, we dine in casino restaurants a lot. They have really good chefs and do not tend towards the pretentious. Primavera struck us as vastly overpriced for what was served. Jim had a cioppino of various seafood and shell fish in a spicy marinara sauce. He said that it was good, but to me it smelled like fish. Fresh fish should not have an odor, but this did! I had a steak, which was good, but, again, vastly overpriced. Luckily, we had the Entertainment Book, which gave me my meal for free, but it was still too pricey! The restaurant was dark but probably would be classified as romantic if we...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 26, 2005

Primavera Restaurant
Caesar's Tahoe
Stateline, Nevada
775/588-3515

IHOP Pancake House

Restaurant | "IHOP"

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I love IHOP's. No matter where you go in this country, IHOP has the same great breakfasts: Pigs in Blankets, Cheese Blintz's, a Denver Omelette, hearty grain pancakes, and pitchers of coffee at your table. The Lake Tahoe IHOP is no exception, and we enjoyed several breakfasts here! The manager came around and made sure that everything was going well. We had superb servers and good experiences all the way around. And say hello to Phong, who was by far the best server we had in our entire 10 days in the Reno/Tahoe area!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2005

IHOP Pancake House
3730 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Lake Tahoe, California
530/544-4880

Blue Angel Cafe

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This cafe is on the road to Heavenly on the California side. You have to visit this cafe just to see the eclectic collection of ski paraphernalia, ranging from signs to skis. The cafe has a coffee bar and a very cozy little seating area with a couch surrounding a fireplace just to relax and sip your coffee. There are several different types of tables and chairs available for table service. There are the standard breakfast choices, but there are also several different types. As a matter of fact, here is their breakfast menu: Blue Angel Benedict - made with French bread, traditional Hollandaise, and poached eggs. Served with Proscuitto or Spinach (Grilled eggplant may be substituted for bread...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2005

Blue Angel Cafe
1132 Ski Run Blvd.
Lake Tahoe, California 96150
530/544-6544

MS Dixie II - Sunset Dinner Dance Cruise

Attraction | "MS Dixie II - Emerald Bay Cruise"

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This was the second cruise we took during the week on the MS Dixie, a sternwheeler. This trip took us to Emerald Bay, the only part of Lake Tahoe that is Emerald green and not Blue. It is the site of the only island on all of Lake Tahoe and at one time it had a tea house on it. Now the shell is all that remains. At the far end of the bay is also Vikingsholm Castle which is the most realistic Nordic Castle in North America. This boat trip we spent the entire trip on the third deck at the stern of the boat with the sternwheel splashing us with a fine mist. The boat holds about 200 people, but this one was about half full.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2005

MS Dixie II - Sunset Dinner Dance Cruise
Highway 50 at Zephyr Cove
Stateline, Nevada

Fusion 2

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Fuaion 2 is a magic show. It is a comedy show. It has a juggler. It is very entertaining. The magic is good. The theater is small, and we thought that we would be able to figure out some of the tricks, but we could not. The juggler was amazing. You are required to get one drink, but amazingly the drinks were really good!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 14, 2005

Fusion 2
Horizon Casino
Stateline, Nevada 89449
775/588-6211

MS Dixie II Breakfast Cruise

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Lady of the Lake Photo, Lake Tahoe, California
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The MS Dixie has several cruises available. The MS Dixie is a sternwheeler and has a huge red wheel at its stern. Very picturesque! This particular cruise was the breakfast cruise to Glenbrook on the eastern side of the lake, leaving from Zephyr Cove. We actually booked this cruise online from the Lake Tahoe website. The booking company was Viator. For two, the cruise was $56 and included breakfast. If you drive there, you also have to pay $8 to park at Zephyr Cove Beach (but you can stay at the beach for the rest of the day if you so choose!). They also have shuttles available, but I’m just not sure where they shuttle fromEveryone is asked to arrive at 8:30am for the breakfast ...Read More
Stateline Casinos in the shelter of Heavenly Valley Photo, Stateline, Nevada
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There are six major casinos in the heart of Stateline. These are Harvey's, Harrah's, Caesar's, Horizon, Bill's, and the Lakeside Inn. There are rumored to be more, but we didn't find them. We visited all but Bill's. The funniest thing is that the doorways for Harrah's and Harvey's are right on the California line. You can just go from one state to another to gamble. Please know that we only play the slots, and on this trip we only played nickels and pennies. Nonetheless, we were able to spend many, many hours enjoying the various video-reel slots. Our favorite casino to gamble in was Harvey's. This is because we both won here. We spent many hours on a new slot in the "Reel 'em in" series. We...Read More
Hairpin Curves ahead! Photo, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
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I live on a lake in Connecticut that is 7 miles around. At least once a week I drive around it. So, of course, when we journeyed to Lake Tahoe, we knew that we would have to drive around it at least once just to say we did it. NOW, Lake Tahoe is about 10 times farther around--about 72 miles--and it is in the MOUNTAINS, so it is a totally different adventure. We started out going counterclockwise around the lake but soon realized that the driver would not see too much because he was trying to drive and the passenger was too far away to see much, so around Cave Rock we turned around and started travelling clockwise; all the views were much better this way! The first major area we came to was Zephyr...Read More